Through the Community Navigator Pilot Program, SBA is engaging with states, local governments, SBA resource partners, and other organizations in targeted outreach for small businesses in underserved communities.
The program offers funding to nonprofits, state and local governments, universities, and tribal entities to partner with SBA at the center of a hub and spoke network. These hubs then support spoke organizations -- trusted, culturally knowledgeable local groups and individuals -- who will connect to specific sectors of the entrepreneurial community to provide assistance during economic recovery, including:
- financial assistance and access to capital
- contracting and procurement
- marketing, operations, business development, and exporting
- industry-specific training
For additional information, see:
- SBA's Information Notice: Use of Community Navigators to Provide Technical Assistance
- FAQs about the Community Navigator Pilot Program
There are 51 grantees broken into the following tiers:
- Tier 1 - national level:
(8 awards, max $5M per award)
Organizations support a minimum of five service areas (not within the same state), containing a population greater than 500,000.
- Tier 2 - state/local level:
(11 awards, max $2.5M per award)
Organizations support an individual state, region, municipality, or city with total service population of greater than or equal to 500,000.
- Tier 3 - local level:
(32 awards, max $1M per award)
Organizations support a region, municipality, city, tribal or rural community with total service population of less than 500,000.